- Antony Higginbotham MP welcomes Co-Chair of the Conservative Party and Cabinet Office Minister the Rt Hon Amanda Milling MP to Burnley
- Employers of all sizes across Burnley and Padiham are being invited to apply for cash incentives to help them take on new apprentices
On Saturday local aerospace company Paradigm Precision hosted Burnley MP Antony Higginbotham along with one of Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Cabinet Ministers, Amanda Milling MP.
The company is one of Burnley’s largest manufacturing businesses, supporting customers in both the civil and defence aerospace sectors and employing almost 200 local people.
Highlighting the work they do to the Cabinet member, the company demonstrated the advanced manufacturing that takes place at the Burnley site and the unique skills of its workforce.
Commenting Antony said:
Aerospace is one of our key sectors in Burnley and that’s why I wanted to ensure Government got to see firsthand the work we do, to reinforce the lobbying I’ve been doing. With the global downturn upon us it’s vital that we look at how the sector can be sustained in the short, medium and long-term. And whilst I recognise that Government cannot buy aircraft or pay wages indefinitely, supporting the sector as it diversifies into new areas, sustaining the skilled jobs we have, is essential. With young people often paying the largest price in any downturn, it's also vital that we support them and the businesses they work for. It is therefore testament to Paradigm Precision’s community focus that despite this downturn, they have continued to take on new apprentices this year.
Following the visit the local MP also urged employers of all sizes across Burnley and Padiham to apply for cash incentives to help them take on new apprentices and get more people into work as part of the Government’s Plan for Jobs. The funding includes up to £2,000 for a new apprentice or the paying of wages for young people taken on as part of the Kickstart Scheme.